Where to Watch the 5 Best Feature Documentary Nominees For the 2021 Academy Awards

After a delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 93rd Academy Awards will take place on April 25, 2021 to a limited crowd of in-person attendees. Those of us watching along at home will get to take in this night celebrating movies and the people who make them. 

If we’d like to get all caught up in watching the nominated films, there’s still time! There are five nominees for Best Feature Documentary, and here’s where you can see them. 

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Picking up nominations in both the Best Feature Documentary and International Feature Film, Collective has certainly earned the attention of the Academy. This Romanian film takes a look at the investigative journalists and team of activists who helped uncover corruption and health care fraud following the tragic 2015 nightclub fire in Bucharest’s Colectiv. When victims who escaped the flames died instead of infections acquired in the hospital, the country was outraged to discover the truth behind the tragedy. 

The film is available to subscribers on Hulu. It can also be rented from YouTube, Google Play, or Amazon for $3.99.

‘Crip Camp’

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Created for Netflix under the executive production of Barack and Michelle Obama, Crip Camp explores the 1970s collective called Camp Jened. This camp located in the Catskills promised a kind of Utopia for disabled teens who built a community to support one another. A former camper named Jim Lebrecht served as co-writer and co-director, and the release in 2020 — the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disability Act — gives this film an even more powerful core. 

The film is available to subscribers on Netflix.

‘The Mole Agent’

Elder abuse often goes underreported and undetected because its victims are isolated and vulnerable. When a private investigator in Chile wants to uncover these horrific crimes, he needs someone who can go undercover without being suspected. Who better to sneak into a retirement home than an elderly man? That’s the focus of The Mole Agent, a documentary that has the people involved playing themselves. That means Sergio Chamy, as Deadline explains, will talk about his time as an 83-year-old undercover sleuth. 

The film is available to subscribers on Hulu. It can also be rented from YouTube, Google Play, or Amazon for $3.99.

‘My Octopus Teacher’

Craig Foster spends his days in the ocean off the tip of South Africa, and there he forges an unusual friendship with an eight-tentacled beast. Over months, Foster earns the octopus’ trust, and the pair form a bond that has been inspiring viewers of My Octopus Teacher. The results have left the world with more questions about the relationships between humans and animals. With stunning footage of the octopus herself and the shockingly beautiful underwater world she inhabits, this film is a treat for the eyes and the mind. 

The film is available to subscribers on Netflix. 


In the early 1990s, Fox and Rob G. Rich attempted to commit a bank robbery out of desperation. As The Cinemaholic reports, Fox Rich served a three and a half year sentence — and discovered she was pregnant with twins along the way. Rob G. Rich is currently serving a 60-year sentence as a result of the crime, and his wife has spent two decades campaigning for his release. TIME features footage from Rob Rich’s video diaries as well as discussions with Fox Rich and their children. The tale is a deeply personal exploration of one family’s struggles with separation, but it’s also a meaningful consideration of the criminal justice system and the aims that it serves.

The film is available to subscribers on Amazon Prime.